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Gerry Dee

Award-Winning Comedian | Star of CBC TV's Mr. D

Gerry Dee is one of the funniest people to hit the comedy scene — ever. The creator, writer, and star of the smash hit CBC comedy series Mr. D, his signature stories about the absurdities of life at the front of the classroom and growing up the s...

Gerry Dee Comedian Speaker

Alexandre Despatie

Olympic Medalist | Three-Time World Champion

Alexandre Despatie is a Canadian diving sensation. A two-time Olympic medalist and the only diver to have been world champion in three World Championship categories, he is also the holder of 42 Canadian national titles. But his illustrious career was...

Arlene Dickinson

"Dragon" on Dragons' Den | CEO of Venture Communications

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “Dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of e...

Arlene Dickinson

Debra DiGiovanni

Award-Winning Stand-Up Comedian

Debra DiGiovanni is a three-time winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Comic. Known for her sharp but playful stand-up routines, Debra’s comedy has something everyone can relate to. A favourite wherever she appears, Debra leaves audie...

Debra DiGiovanni

Peter Docker

Leadership and Start With Why Culture Expert

Peter Docker gets up every day to inspire people to be extraordinary in what they do. An Igniter and Implementation Specialist who works on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” team, Peter helps organizations  harness the power of &#...

Leadership & Management Speakers

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona Dougherty is an award winning social inno...

Ilona Dougherty

Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

Mike Downie is co-founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which aims to inspire Canadians to walk a path of reconciliation and help bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. A celebrated storyteller, Mike takes his audience o...

Mike Downie

The Drum Café

Corporate Entertainment and Team-Building Experience

Music has the power to transform, inspire, move and motivate us. The Drum Café has a very simple but effective message—if people can play to the same beat and listen to each other, then they can make music together. Drums and drumming are a great ...

Don Drummond

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

If you’re looking for unparalleled insight into the Canadian economy and its future prospects, look no further than Don Drummond, the retired senior vice president and chief economist of TD Financial Group, and current Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and ...

Don Drummond

Martin Dubé

Impressionist Entertainer

Talent.  Nostalgia. Tenacity.  These are only some of Martin Dubé’s professional qualities that propel his explosive persona on stage. Dubé’s crossover entertainment style and his ability to perform in both English and French, makes him a ver...

Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five yea...

Josh Dueck

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

With Canadian corporations losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism, the satisfaction and well-being of employees cannot be overlooked. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on work–life balance. She...

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Linda Edgecombe

Bestselling Author | Motivator

Linda Edgecombe is an expert at shifting perspective. A highly sought after speaker who energizes every room as she encourages people to loosen up, lighten the load, and laugh. Encouraging others to understand that they can change their lives at work...

Linda Edgecombe

Derek Edwards

Award-Winning Comedian

Derek Edwards’ award-winning humour has made him one of the hottest properties in Canada. Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary. A regular at the Just for Laughs Festival, where he ...

Derek Edwards

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle ...

Chester Elton

Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his ...

Ryan Estis

Terry Evanshen

“The Man Who Lost Himself”

A split second can change the course of an entire life. Football great Terry Evanshen was critically injured in an automobile accident, awaking from a coma two weeks later to find that he had lost 44 years of memories. Today, a truly inspiring speake...

Shane Feldman

Connection | Community | Leadership

In this digital age of distraction and disconnection, many companies are finding it increasingly challenging to engage and retain both top-tier talent and customers. This is where Shane Feldman thrives. Recognized by The White House, The Prime Minist...

Shane Feldman

Perdita Felicien

World Champion Hurdler | Two-Time Olympian

Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, 10-time National Champion, two-time World silver medalist, and the only Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous ho...

Perdita Felicien

Niall Ferguson

Internationally Renowned Historian

Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urge...

Niall Ferguson

Will Ferguson

Award-Winning Novelist and Travel Writer

Will Ferguson is as Canadian as canoes and hockey. The hilarious author of numerous acclaimed books, including Canadian History for Dummies, How To Be a Canadian, and even (counter-intuitively) Why I Hate Canadians, Ferguson wears his nationalism on ...

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about ...

Sarah Ferguson by Brian Aris

Keith Ferrazzi

Expert in Business Relationship Development | Bestselling Author

Keith Ferrazzi is one of the world’s most “connected” individuals. Believing that professional relationships are the real keys to success, Keith challenges organizations to adopt bold, new behaviours that spur greater collective success. His di...

Harley Finkelstein

Chief Operating Officer, Shopify | “Dragon” on Next Gen Den

Harley Finkelstein started from the ground up. To put himself through law school, he sold t-shirts using Shopify—an e-commerce platform that was relatively unknown at the time. That decision in 2005 ultimately led him to become Shopify’s Chief Op...

Harley Finkelstein

Molly Fletcher

CEO | Business Author | Former Sports Agent

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance, and unwavering optimism. As the former president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, she was h...

Molly Fletcher

Tom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change and Accelerating Performance

Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a “who’s-who” list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes-Benz a...

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonde...

Richard Florida

Michael J. Fox

Parkinson's Activist | Celebrated Actor

Michael J. Fox has one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. In addition to being recognized as a star in dozens of blockbuster films and highly rated television series, Fox is also recognized world-wide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condit...

Michael J. Fox

Kevin Frankish

Former Co-Host, Breakfast Television

Kevin Frankish helped CityTV Toronto’s Breakfast Television become the number one morning show in Southern Ontario. With his trademark suspenders and quick wit, Frankish had a loyal early morning following and was repeatedly recognized for his care...

Kevin Franksih

André-Philippe Gagnon

Master Impersonator

Acclaimed Impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon can slip from Joe Cocker to Dionne Warwick quicker than most performers can take a curtain call! Gagnon’s impressions of famous personalities among the likes of Mick Jagger, Vanessa Paradis, Louis ...

Porter Gale

Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America | Marketing and Networking Expert | Award-Winning Author

Porter Gale has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business, and tech. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award, by The Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, a...

Porter Gale

Dan Gardner

Risk Management & Forecasting | Award-winning Journalist | Bestselling Author

Can we improve our ability to forecast the future and manage risks to do better in business and life? Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Dan Gardner tackles these questions and more in his eye-opening and mind-expanding talks. Based on h...

Dan Gardner

Sir Bob Geldof

Influential Global Visionary | Pop Icon

Rock musician, songwriter, and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof is the rare combination of musical talent and successful businessman. He created the Live Aid concerts, built a media empire, called urgent attention to the world’s most vulnerab...

Bob Geldof

Yossi Ghinsberg

Adventurer | Amazon Survivor | Inspiration for the Movie Jungle

Yossi Ghinsberg knows survival like almost no one else. When he was just 21 years old, he made headlines around the world for having survived in the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, alone. Today, Yossi draws on the lessons he learned from his ordea...

Yossi Ghinsberg

Vinh Giang

Entrepreneur | Master Communicator | Magician

For more than 15 years, Vinh Giang has dedicated himself to mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide do the same through the power of magic. In his inspiring talks, Vinh seamlessly integrat...

Chris Gibson

Customer Service and Sales Expert

Chris Gibson has spent years studying the art of customer service and sales cultures. The days of just a friendly greeting and a smile are long past, and companies are setting new standards on customer service every day–forcing sales staff to s...

Chris Gibson

Mandy Gilbert

Entrepreneur, CEO & Innovator

Having successfully built two international businesses from the ground up, Mandy Gilbert has been recognized as a United Nations Global Accelerator and ranked as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on Canadian Business’ Profit 500 list and C...

Mandy Gilbert

Emmanuel Gobillot

Internationally Renowned Leadership Expert

There must be a better way. That’s the motto Emmanuel Gobillot has adopted toward everything he does. As one of the world’s most popular speakers, consultants, and thought-leaders, Gobillot believes there is a better way to lead, relate to custom...

Emmanuel Gobillot

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Leading Relationship Expert | Media Personality

Dr. Karyn Gordon’s mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools, and do it! A bestselling author and media personality, Gordon has delivered more than 1000 keynotes to more than 500 million people from 15 countries — inc...

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions o...

Adrian Gostick

Manu “Swish” Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Manu (Swish) Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 21 years old, he is already a serial entrepreneur; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a past Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture capitalist; a UN Youth Ambassador; and ...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Vijay Govindarajan

Strategic Innovation | Globalization | Transformation

We live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalization, the changing demographics, and shifting customer preferences. What can we do to anticipate and respond to these changes to stay ahead? In his cutting-edg...

Vijay Govindarajan

Kevin Graff

Retail Performance Specialist

How much in potential sales is walking out your door every day, untapped? Kevin Graff is widely respected as one of North America’s best retail speakers and consultants, recently chosen as one of the top 50 retail influencers. He has spent almost 3...

Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices, to being a small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of Risha’s life intersects diversity. The founder and CEO of an award-winning diversity con...

Bob Gray

Memory and the Turbocharged Brain

How often have you bumped into a client or customer, but for the life of you, you can’t remember their name? Socially, this can be embarrassing, but in business, it can be disastrous. Bob Gray teaches audiences the techniques they need to unloc...

Stéphane Grenier

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired), Canadian Forces | Mental Health Innovator

In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. As a former post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer, Lieutenant-Colon...

Stephane Grenier

Rudyard Griffiths

Anchor, Bloomberg North | Munk Debates Moderator

Rudyard Griffiths never shies away from discussing the big issue of the day. The anchor of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada, and the organizer and moderator of the semi-annual Munk Debates, the world’s preeminent public debating forum, Griffi...

Rudyard Griffiths

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant ver...

Chris Hadfield

Evan Hadfield

Digital Media Strategist

As head of Toronto digital creative agency launch*pad, Evan Hadfield has built a name for himself from the ground up. The mastermind behind Colonel Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” YouTube sensation, as well as dozens of other videos...

Evan Hadfield